Volunteering: Developing the knowledge, skills, and values for civic and career readiness!

The Office of Student Life, in partnership with student organizations across campus, provides opportunities for students to engage in their local communities. Through mutually beneficial volunteer projects, students are immersed in impactful direct service with members of the surrounding community.
 

Volunteering is a two way street, we are serving and learning simultaneously. Through volunteer projects not only are we able to address an immediate community need, but we are able to learn about important social issues, how they effect those around us, and how we can more deeply work toward long-term change.

  • Alternative Breaks

    Alternative Breaks engage students in capacity building, skill building, and identity development through community-based volunteer projects. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a weak long service-learning experience, which immerses students in service within communities around the country. 

     

    2019-20 Trip Topics

    • Trips have yet to be decided. Stay tuned!

     

    AB Information Open House

    Tuesday, September 10th
    1-2:30p, Kochoff B, University Center

    Thursday, September 12th
    4-5:30p, room 116, The Union

    Monday, September 16th

    3-4p, room 1227, University Center

    Wednesday, September 18th
    11:30-1:00p, room 1227, University Center

     

     

     

  • Volunteer Service Days

    Volunteer Service Days are a partnership between the Office of Student Life and Circle K, a service-oriented student organization on campus. These days are monthly coordinated opportunities for students to immerse themselves in our local community, both serving and learning from our neighbors. Being active through volunteering not only helps communities in need, but it also helps us to develop the knowledge, skills, and values to create positive change. 

    Volunteer Days of Service-Winter 2019

    February
    10/4 Blankets 4 Kids

    10/9 Gleaners Food Bank, Taylor Distribution Center

    2/19 JARC Bingo

    • Bingo Volunteers needed for JARC! Which is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities via group homes, independent living support, and in-home respite care. Founded in 1969 by a small group of parents concerned about the future of their children, JARC is known for high-quality, community-based residential and support programs and has led the way in enriching lives and erasing barriers. 6-8p, to sign up email Alejandra at anquiroz@umich.edu

    March

    3/9 Lion's Club Food Drive for Kids Coalition Against Hunger

    • Lions Club is partnering with KCAH to host a food drive here at UM-Dearborn. Event starts at 9a in Kochoff Hall. 

    To register: https://goo.gl/forms/X3g8nG5XO9U7oLcD2 

     

    3/11 Blanket Making and Gleaners

    • Join Circle K at the Union for blanket making for Blankets 4 Kids. Also, join in on preparing bags for Glenears for their largest food drive of the year!

    To Register:https://goo.gl/forms/woqd2YdSPQlzCoAj1
     

    3/12 JARC Bingo

    • Bingo Volunteers needed for JARC! Which is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves people with developmental disabilities via group homes, independent living support, and in-home respite care. Founded in 1969 by a small group of parents concerned about the future of their children, JARC is known for high-quality, community-based residential and support programs and has led the way in enriching lives and erasing barriers. 6-8p, to sign up email Alejandra at anquiroz@umich.edu

    3/30 Veterans Game Night

    • Volunteers will be playing games and eating with homeless veterans at Piquette Square in Detroit. Piquette Square ia an apartment complex in Detroit which houses and cares for homeless veterans. Piquette Square offers comprehensive support services to help the veterans develop self-sufficiency and reintegrate into the community. Event  is from 5-7p. Carpooling from UM-Dearborn is available. Volunteers are asked to bring a game to play and a snack to share. 

    To Register: https://forms.gle/DWaRQTtdH8GMkbmH8

    April

    4/12 Environmental Interpretive Center Clean up

    • 20-30 volunteers are needed to be a part of cleaning up litter in the wooded Environmental Study area and creating brush piles of shrubs and small trees. In partnership with the Environmental Interpretive Center, we will be working to beautify our campus and keep it clean. 

    To Register: https://forms.gle/kXaa4Ar4NsQBU6dv5
     

    If you are interested in volunteering or want to hear more about the service, contact Alejandra Quiroz at anquiroz@umich.edu

    Don't forget to track your service hours using VictorsLink Service Tracker

Civic Leadership Board

Community Organizer, Alternative Breaks

Jalen Rose is a Junior studying Electrical Engineering. He is an Opportunity Scholar on campus and is serving as its president for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Jalen has gone on Alternative Spring Break (ASB) twice during his time here and the experiences were incredibly educational and impactful to him. They have truly changed his outlook on service learning and wants so badly to share these experiences with others. 

Community Organizer, Volunteer Days of Service

Keri is a junior pursing a double major in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Behavioral Science. In addition to her role on the Civic Leadership Board, she is an active member of the Pre-Law Association, the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Phi), and treasurer of Un.Chain.ed—a human trafficking awareness organization that she has helped to establish. Keri has also worked for the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Information Technology Services department and is currently working in the Office of Graduate Studies. She is passionate about community involvement, criminal justice reform, and mental health awareness. One day she hopes to combine these passions and become an attorney representing those in the criminal justice system with a mental illness and reduce mass incarceration through restorative justice.

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